AP Literature and Composition

  • Name:

    AP® Literature and Composition (ENGL500)

  • Department:

    Language Arts

  • Credits:

    1.0 (yearlong course)

  • Suggested Prerequisites:

    American Literature (ENGL300); A grade of an 85% or higher in the subject area course taken the previous year

AP Literature and Composition


AP® Literature is designed to strengthen the student’s ability to read and interpret the various genres and motifs in literature. This class will help prepare the student to take the AP® exam in Literature at the end of the school year, but the class will not “teach to the test.” Students will write multiple essays utilizing excellent analysis, structure, and phrasing. Literature readings will be mainly from British Literature, with selections from World Literature added. This class covers many of the literary pieces that the British Literature class covers, but it does so at a higher level as it covers the worldviews of each major literary movement.

Special Notes:

If you are planning to take the AP® exam associated with this course, then be aware that beginning in Fall 2019 the College Board requires that all students register in October of each school year to take the exam which is held in early May. You must make your decision early. There are penalties associated with late registration and with registering and then deciding not to take the exam at a later date. Please plan accordingly. For more information or if you have more questions, please visit https://apcentral.collegeboard.org. Once on the site search Home-Schooled Students to find information on locating testing locations near you.


Ready for a challenge? Want to earn credit for university Literature and Writing courses? Want to measurably improve your literary analysis and essay-writing skills? Do you enjoy asking "Why?" AP® might be for you.

This course traces the fundamental changes in thought, worldview, and literature from the beginning of the English speaking culture to modern times. We discover the historical events and movements that have made English Literature what it is today, and we seek to understand human thought in light of what God has to say about his beloved creation: people.

Simultaneously, we prepare and practice for the Advanced Placement® Literature and Composition Exam through extensive essay writing and editing as well as multiple practice tests.

This course is challenging, but the skills we practice together offer a stepping stone for your success in university thinking and writing. Take up the challenge of AP® Literature!

If there are books and materials for this course, they can be purchased from our Online Bookstore.

Student Feedback

Everything was in order to be followed exactly. Really nice having the notes at the beginning of each week.

This course was very informative and I am excited for next semester.

This teacher is amazing and I am so thankful to have been put in her class. It is not hard to see that she genuinely cares about english and her students and it is a very inspiring and motivating energy.

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